Everyone likes the beach. Whether you are a sun worshipper or just like the warmth of the sun. The wet sand squeezing between your toes, the ocean breeze, and spray and sound from the waves crashing on the shore, are all things that make me relax at the beach. I might even go in the water!
Whether you are the daredevil out there on a surf board, or standing paddle board, working on that deep, dark tan, or just as happy with maximum sun screen and just sitting on the beach, there is a real draw to be there.
Today in Sweden, it is 62 F right now. I am longing for a beach in Hawaii, for the purpose of warming up. But you might be in a part of the world that you are longing to cool off at the beach.
Whatever the reason, here are a few pictures of the beach in Hawaii, taken in February.
This is the Byodo-In Temple and is a half-size scale replica of a 900 year old Buddhist place of worship at Uji in Kyoto prefecture of Japan. The temple was built with mostly concrete, instead of wood, like the original was. It was built in 1968 to celebrate the centennial of the arrival of the Japanese people to the Kingdom of Hawaii.
The temple is a non-denominational Buddhist temple, and is used for worship. The grounds are also used for weddings and meetings.
Thousands of tourists visit the temple, and grounds every year. The brilliant red, and the beautiful design of the architecture really stands out. The entire grounds, as well as the temple, stand in serene beauty.
This photo taken by my husband is one of my favorite ones from Hawaii.
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I’ve always dreamed of being swept away to Hawaii. Where a pleasant breeze of tropical crosswinds, and comfortable temperatures in the 70′s F in February are the reality. Beautiful sunsets, and double rainbows grace the sky. Palm trees swaying, tropical rainforests, the spray of the surf, and of course chickens. What, chickens? Where does that fit in?
I did get my dream of visiting Hawaii. What I know for sure is I didn’t get to spend enough time on the islands, and I want to go back.
My biggest surprise was the feral chicken population. You may see them on every island, but especially on Kauai. Not that they have always been feral, but during Hurricane Iniki, which hit the islands in 1992, many of the chickens on chicken farms, or from cock fighting operations, “flew the coop”. The chicken is now a state protected bird. This means it is illegal to kill or disturb them. Hawaii should consider the chicken as the State Bird, instead of the Hawaiian Goose.
You will see roosters, chickens, and sometimes the baby chicks everywhere. I saw them nesting on the beach as well as roaming the rain forest. It still seems strange to me to not hear the sound of a tropical bird in the rain forest, but to hear “cock-a-doodle-doo.”